The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) was invited by the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection (MoENRP) of Georgia to provide assistance in identifying ways to improve management of mineral resources and strengthen environmental protection during exploration and mining activities. Work to improve mining management in Georgia is especially timely as the country works to bring its environmental practices in closer alignment with EU requirements.
In March 2014, USFS provided an overview of sustainable mining management practices in the U.S. and a training session on management of major mine projects to MoENRP employees. In fall 2014, we were requested to provide a more in-depth assessment of the current mining governance practices in Georgia and provide recommendations where processes could be improved. This report seeks to document the observations and recommendations resulting from the assessment conducted in October 2014.
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